Recent human genetic anthropology

I have a side interest in genetic genealogy, for which I was recently a Honorary Research Fellow in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Strathclyde.

My focus is on recent mutations passed down in the Y chromosome, specifically in the spread of the 6500-year-old R-M269 haplogroup, associated with the spread of proto-Indo-European languages into Europe. Their progeny today make up the majority of British populations today.

New TMRCA journal article

My theoretical work on calculating times to most-recent common ancestor was recently published in a special statistical issue of the journal Genes, and a pre-print is available here.

Book: Tracing your ancestors using DNA: A guide for family historians

Our book, entitled Tracing your ancestors using DNA: A guide for family historians is available for order on Amazon. Edited by Graham Holton (Strathclyde) and published by Pen and Sword (London), it aims to provide a starting guide and hints to people aiming to use their DNA tests to further their family history.

Build 38 haplotrees and data analysis

We collecting geographical, genealogical and genetic data from members to calibrate "molecular clocks" within that data, to reproduce migration patterns across the last 5000 years of human history. Instructions on how to get yourself included.

While this continues, here are some useful pieces of information collected as part of this process:

Build 37 haplotrees and age analysis

The old Build 37 analysis for R-U106 and R-P312 is now archived.

Information and guides

Older data reports

Even older versions of these reports include.


Links to related sites